Bob Woodward book: Trump told Gary Cohn he ‘hired the wrong guy for Treasury secretary’ right in front of Steven Mnuchin
Then President-elect Donald Trump offered the job of Treasury secretary to Gary Cohn during a transition-period meeting at Trump Tower.
“I hired the wrong guy for treasury secretary,” Trump said according to veteran journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House.”
Steven Mnuchin, who Trump had already privately tapped to be treasury secretary, was in the meeting.
The news of Mnuchin’s selection leaked while Cohn was still in Trump Tower.
According to veteran journalist Bob Woodward’s explosive new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” Gary Cohn rejected President-elect Donald Trump’s suggestions that he become Secretary of Energy or Director of the Office of Management and Budget during a transition meeting at Trump Tower.
So Trump suggested another job.
“You know what?” Trump said. “I hired the wrong guy for Treasury secretary. You should be Treasury secretary. You would be the best Treasury secretary.”
There were a couple problems with Trump’s suggestion: The president-elect had already tapped Steven Mnuchin to be treasury secretary.
Also, Mnuchin was in the room.
Business Insider obtained a copy of the book, which is being published by Simon & Schuster and is set for release on Tuesday. Woodward wrote that Mnuchin did not say anything or react to Trump’s suggestion. But a few minutes after the meeting, news of Mnuchin’s selection leaked to the media.
Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law who was still with Cohn in Trump Tower, suggested Mnuchin leaked the news to head off any switch by Trump.
“That’s crazy,” Kushner said, according to Woodward. “Mnuchin just put that out. You freaked him out so badly in the meeting.”
Trump met with Cohn at Trump Tower on November 29, 2016, the same day The New York Times reported Mnuchin would be tapped as Treasury secretary.
Cohn eventually became the director of the National Economic Council, a …read more
Source:: Business Insider